Travel and Study Opportunities for Teachers

Compiled by Wendy Harris (St. Paul, MN) and Laura West (Hot Springs, AR)

Program: Ahimsa Center Institute for Nonviolence in Thought and Action
Where: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Length of program: two-week intensive residential program
Cost: 40 selected participants will be awarded a fellowship covering the costs of instruction plus room and
board for two weeks, books and materials, the use of Cal Poly Pomona Library, and special weekend programs.
The award also covers will also cover the cost of 8 units of course credits. These credits may be used toward a
Master’s degree and/or salary advancement
Who qualifies: K-12 teachers
Deadline: Program runs every two year (odd numbered years)
Description: Ahimsa Center’s Summer Institute focuses on nonviolent action for social change. The institute
is devoted to an in-depth study of their journeys on the path of nonviolence in the pursuit of a more just,
peaceful, and sustainable social order.
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Program: American Society of Newspaper Editors: Reynolds J ournalism Institute
Where: Various participating universities in the USA
Length of program: 2-weeks during the months of J une or J uly (depending on program)
Cost: Free
Who qualifies: High school teachers
Deadline: Check website for date
Description: The Reynolds High School J ournalism Institute is an intensive two-week journalism training
program for high school teachers. Instruction is based on the core tenets of journalism and the skills needed to
produce a top-notch student publication, primarily online with multimedia tools.
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Program: Ashbrook Center and Liberty Fund Seminars
Where: New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Virginia
Length of program: 3 days
Cost: free ($425 stipend for travel and expenses)
Who qualifies: teachers of American history or government
Deadline: TBA – check website
Description: A series of four seminars will explore the meaning of liberty in the U.S. Constitution by focusing
on the debates over ratification and the origins of the Bill of Rights.
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Program: Ashbrook Founding Institute at Philadelphia
Where: Philadelphia
Length of program: 6 days
Cost: free (includes textbooks, housing, meal stipend); travel at own expense
Who qualifies: K-12 social studies teachers
Deadline: May
Description: The Ashbrook Center is pleased to announce a new summer professional development program
for social studies teachers. The Ashbrook Founding Institute at Philadelphia is a rigorous six day graduate-level
program designed for social studies teachers in grades K-12.
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Program: China Institute Study Tour
Where: China
Length of program: 2 -3weeks
Cost: $950 (includes roundtrip travel from New York to China, domestic travel within China, lodging, meals,
entry tickets, and program costs)
Who qualifies: K-12 educators who have taken at least one course with China Institute
Deadline: March
Description: Since 1998, Teach China has offered substantially subsidized summer study tours featuring
workshops and site visits that allow a selected group of qualified educators to experience China first-hand.
Sightseeing is supplemented by lectures and school visits, the final goal being the creation of curriculum
materials for use in the classroom. Past themes explored have included physical and human geography, ancient
China, and contemporary China.
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Program: The Choices Program Summer Leadership Institute
Where: Brown University, Providence, RI
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: free (includes meals, housing, reading materials)
Who qualifies: secondary teachers (primarily high school)
Deadline: March
Description: Our institutes join content and methodology for a rich and rewarding learning experience.
Whether it is a one-day seminar or a one-week summer institute, these programs bring content specialists
together with classroom teachers at the secondary level. They engage the participants in scholarship on the topic
and provide opportunities for teachers to explore ways to incorporate the Choices Program’s resources and
approach to make international issues come alive for students. For our annual leadership summer institute,
Choices collaborates with multiple scholars who provide content sessions and one or more “lead teachers” who
provide peer leadership to help teachers incorporate Choices into their classroom teaching.
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Program: Civil War Trust
Where: Battlefields in Antietam, MD; Petersburg, VA; or Gettysburg, PA
Length of program: 2 days in J anuary, April or J uly
Cost: Free. There is a $100 refundable deposit to save your place and ensure attendance. You must pay for
travel and lodging, but scholarships are available to cover those costs.
Who qualifies: All K-12 educators.
Deadline: After October 1

Description: The Regional Teacher Institute is a professional development for K-12 educators focused
exclusively on the American Civil War and its relationship to important battle sites. The professional
development is free, thanks to our generous donors, but space is limited to 25 attendees. Registration will go
live on October 1
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Program: Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes
Where: Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: $200 plus travel and lodging (scholarships available)
Who qualifies: 6-12 teachers (priority to Social Studies and English/Language Arts teachers)
Deadline: April
Description: Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from
across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, technology, and your
curricula. Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Stay connected with
your newfound colleagues and museum staff throughout the year.
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Program: Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Early American History
Where: Virginia
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: $1,900 (scholarships available)
Who qualifies: Elementary, middle, and high school social studies teachers who teach United States history
and government
Deadline: TBA – check website
Description: Elementary and middle school teachers focus on the colonial and the early nation period “on
location” The high school session will focus on a thematic approach to American history in which teachers
explore how issues in American history have been under constant debate.
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Program: C-SPAN Summer Educators' Conference
Where: Washington, DC
Length of program: 2 days
Cost: free (includes airfare, hotel stay and meals)
Who qualifies: 6-12 teacher, C-SPAN Classroom member who has not attended a previous conference
Deadline: C-SPAN Classroom members will be informed by email
Description: At this conference middle and high school educators (grades 6-12) gather from around the
country to learn more about C-SPAN and how to effectively integrate C-SPAN’s online resources into their
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Program: C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship Program
Where: Washington, DC
Length of program: 4 weeks
Cost: free (includes housing and travel expenses)
Who qualifies: Social Studies teachers or media/technology educators who are C-SPAN members in 6-12
Deadline: February
Description: For four weeks during summer 2013, Fellowship recipients will collaborate with C-SPAN’s
Education department to develop new teaching materials using C-SPAN resources in order to better serve our
Classroom members nationwide.
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Program: Dar al Islam
Where: Abiquiu, New Mexico
Length of program: 2 weeks
Cost: free (apart from cost of getting to New Mexico)
Who qualifies: K-12 teachers
Deadline: April
Description: The Dar al Islam Teachers' Institute provides a broad set of information on Islam, including
foundational principles, historical and diaspora based information, and discussion of current areas of interest at
our Abiquiu site. The participants also study English translations of excerpts from the Qur'an and Hadith with
Muslim scholars who have strong academic or traditional credentials, and are able to relate easily with a variety
of North American educators.
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Program: Earthwatch Educator Fellowships
Where: United States and international
Length of program: 1-2 weeks
Cost: Free (covers full cost of your expedition, including meals, accommodations, research permits, equipment
costs, and on-site transportation; also provide a travel stipend to offset some out-of-pocket travel expenses to
and from the expedition site.)
Who qualifies: K-12 educators from any subject
Deadline: February
Description: Spend 1-2 weeks on an Earthwatch expedition alongside other teachers led by prominent field
researchers. You will develop your skills and understanding around environmental concerns so that you are
better able to pass on that knowledge to your students. The goal of this fellowship is to prepare you to return to
your and community with greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world. No experience is
necessary, nor is any particular educational background. You DON'T need to be a science teacher to become an
Earthwatch Fellow - all you need is a sense of adventure, a deep curiosity, a love of meaningful work, and a
desire to make a difference.
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Program: Educational Seminars: Exchanges for U.S. Teachers and Administrators
Where: Argentina, Brazil, Greece, India, Italy, Thailand, Uruguay
Length of program:
Cost: free (includes airfare, tuition (if applicable), room and board)
Who qualifies: K-12 teachers, 3 years of experience
Deadline: September, J anuary, March (depending on country)
Description: The program offers Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State
funded grants for U.S. school teachers and administrators. Outbound exchanges are short term, taking place
during the summer break in the U.S., and focus on sharing of best practices and professional development.
Inbound exchanges take place during the school year so that host participants can provide shadowing
opportunities and professional development and so that international educators can see U.S. schools in action.
Educational Seminars are designed to provide U.S. and international partner administrators, teachers and
students with opportunities to learn more about each others countries, educational systems, teaching
methodologies, culture and society, and to initiate collaborative projects with international partner schools and
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Program: Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
Where: International
Length of program: semester or year
Cost: free
Who qualifies: K-12 teachers with 5 years of experience
Deadline: October
Description: This program is a direct one-to-one exchange of teachers from primary and secondary schools.
Generally, the language of instruction will be in English with the exception of teachers from the U.S. going to
France and Mexico. The terms of the award for teacher assignments vary from country to country. In general,
U.S. Fulbright Teachers are granted a leave of absence with pay and benefits and use their regular salary to
cover daily expenses while abroad. International Fulbright Teachers are also paid by their home schools and
replace their U.S. counterparts at no additional cost to the host school. U.S grantees receive a maintenance
allowance as well as international transportation cost and U.S. orientation cost.
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Program: Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad
Where: International (outside of Western Europe)
Length of program: 4-6 weeks
Cost: Free (round-trip economy airfare, room and board, tuition and fees, and program-related travel within the
host country are included)
Who qualifies: educators in the fields of social sciences, humanities, languages (Elementary, Middle, High,
administrators/curriculum specialists, librarians, museum educators, media/resource specialists, faculty or
administrators from 2-4 year institutions of higher education)
Deadline: December
Description: The program provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social
sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and
cultures of other countries. Support is generally made available through interagency agreements. The
Department of Education transfers funds through the State Department to Fulbright commissions in various
countries to pay the costs associated with administering seminars. This partnership allows the program to use
the services and expertise of binational organizations to plan and conduct seminars for U.S. educators.
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Program: Fund for Teachers
Where: International
Length of program:
Cost: free (up to $5,000 fellowship)
Who qualifies: teachers in states with programs (
Deadline: J anuary
Description: Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and
supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on
their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities. Believing the teacher
knows best how they can make a better impact in their classroom, Fund for Teachers awards fellowships for
self-designed professional growth to PreK-12 teachers who recognize the value of inquiry, the power of
knowledge, and their ability to make a difference. Each Fund for Teachers fellowship is worth up to $5,000 for
individuals, or $10,000 for teams.
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Program: Gilder Lehrman Institute
Where: United States and some international
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: Free (includes books, room/board, travel allowance up to $400, or $500 for international)
Who qualifies: full time K-12 teachers, National Park Service interpreters and museum educators, community
college faculty, recent graduates of undergraduate or graduates of education and history programs (priority to
Gilder Lehrman affiliate schools)
Deadline: February
Description: Institutes which focus on US history topics
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Program: Geothe-Institute Transatlantic Outreach Program Study Tour
Where: Germany
Length of program: 2 weeks
Cost: Free but $350 refundable deposit (program includes most domestic and international transportation, hotel
accommodation, two meals per day while abroad, and any mandatory fees, such as museum entry fees, bicycle
rental fees, etc.)
Who qualifies: K-12 Social Studies teachers, Social Studies methods professors, curriculum coordinators,
States Departments of Education employees (from Canada or US)
Deadline: February
Description: Since 2001, TOP has sought to find the best and most qualified Social Studies educators and give
them the opportunity to experience Modern Germany in the most dramatic way possible: in person.
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Program: George Washington Summer Residential Teachers' Institute
Where: Mount Vernon, Virginia
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: free (includes meals, housing and a travel stipend)
Who qualifies: 3-12 teachers from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New J ersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and
Deadline: March
Description: Participating teachers immerse themselves in the study and discussion of this critical period of
American history and the remarkable role George Washington played in the founding of our nation.
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Program: Holocaust & J ewish Resistance Teachers' Program
Where: Washington, DC, Poland, Germany, Israel
Length of program: 3 weeks
Cost: $3,000
Who qualifies: secondary teachers
Deadline: March
Description: Itineraries have included visits to museums, study at educational centers, visits to concentration
camps, and the site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
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Program: Horace Mann-Abraham Lincoln Fellowship
Where: Springfield, IL
Length of program: 5 days
Cost: Free (including transportation to and from Springfield, Illinois, lodging and most meals)
Who qualifies: K-12 teachers and administrators in schools served by a Horace Mann agent
Deadline: February (10 selected by votes on Facebook; others selected by panel of judges)
Description: Each year 50 educators from around the country are selected for the Horace Mann - Abraham
Lincoln Fellowship program. Fellows spend a week of their summer learning about Lincoln while touring
various historical sites in Illinois, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln's
New Salem State Historic Site, Lincoln's home, Lincoln's tomb and the Old State Capitol State Historic Site.
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Program: IREX Short-term Travel Grants
Where: Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Length of program: up to 8 weeks
Cost: free (visa assistance, international round-trip transportation, a monthly allowance for housing and living
expenses, and emergency evacuation insurance)
Deadline: TBA – check website
Description: The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) supports postdoctoral scholars and professionals
to conduct independent or collaborative research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. With its flexible format and
quick turnaround time, this program meets an important need for the scholarly and policy communities, and
makes a direct impact on the formation of U.S. foreign policy through the support of policy-relevant, "open-
source" research on current regional issues of importance to the United States.
STG is designed to allow scholars to conduct short, targeted projects without significantly affecting their
teaching and work schedules.
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Program: J apan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Where: J apan
Length of program: 2 weeks
Cost: free (includes travel to/from the J oint Conference in the U.S., travel to/from J apan, lodging, insurance,
official excursions, local transportation, and most meals)
Who qualifies: K-12 teachers
Deadline: J anuary
Description: The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development
(ESD) will provide up to 24 U.S. teachers and administrators with the opportunity to travel to J apan to learn
about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. ESD is “a vision of education that seeks to
balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources,”
according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Up to 24
teachers from J apan will travel to the U.S. in late April, and up to 24 teachers from the U.S. will travel to J apan
in late J une. At the end of the program in each country, all participating teachers will gather for a few days of
joint collaboration.
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Program: Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship
Where: J apan
Length of program: 10 days
Cost: free (covers air transportation from home city to J apan and return, as well as accommodations,
transportation as called for by the itinerary, and some meals)
Who qualifies: never lived in J apan or visited J apan on a study tour; Economics, Social Studies and History
teachers grades 6-12 from the US and Canada, supervisors, specialists, administrators, 4 year college faculty in
teacher training programs
Deadline: February
Description: The Fellowship allows teachers to learn first hand about contemporary J apanese society and
enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives.
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Program: Korea Academy for Educators
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: free (includes breakfast, lunch, parking, books, lessons, and DVDs; fellowships available to cover travel
and housing)
Who qualifies: K-12 educators
Deadline: contact for application and schedule
Description: Week long academy with visiting instructors in art, culture, history, language, and other topics.
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Program: Korea Society Fellowship in Korean Studies
Where: Korea
Length of program: 2 weeks
Cost: free (All the expenses covered, including round-trip international airfare, accommodations and meals)
Who qualifies: American educators who are professionally engaged as textbook writers and editors, and East
Asia specialists in higher education who would like to include Korea in their teaching, research or writing.
Deadline: August
Description: The objective of the program is to provide a general overview of Korea, past and present.
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Program: Little Rock Central High School Summer Teacher Institute
Where: Little Rock, AR
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: free (honorarium covers travel cost and housing)
Who qualifies: K-12 teachers
Deadline: April
Description: Teachers will examine the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas using primary and secondary
sources; examine components of the Civil Rights Movement; analyze fundamental rights of individuals such as
civil liberties, due process, and equal protection; and examine Supreme Court cases which have altered the
interpretation of the United States Constitution: Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education, in a
student-centered approach by using best practices.
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Program: Mickelson Exxonmobile Teachers Academy
Where: Liberty Science Center near J ersey City, New J ersey
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: All expenses paid knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in
Who qualifies: 3-5
grade teachers
Deadline: October 31
of each year
Description: Program to inspire teachers from across the country in math and science and equips them with
interactive teaching tools to ignite their students’ passion for these subjects. They also wanted to create a
program that helps to develop the next generation of science savvy citizens who will grow up to make the next
breakthroughs in medicine, in energy, or in any of the growing number of fields that require a solid foundation
in math and science.
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Program: Middle East Studies Summer Institutes for Educators and High School Students
Where: University of Arizona, Tucson
Length of program: 1 week (alternate years; even years)
Cost: less than $200 (includes housing, breakfast, group lunches and dinners)
Who qualifies: K-12 teachers, college faculty
**in 2012 due to funding, only open to HS students**
Deadline: May
Description: Summer Institute programs for teachers and a separate institute for high school sophomores and
juniors. Sessions are conducted at the Institute on various topics concerning the Middle East. The Institute
offers teachers and students the opportunity to learn about and experience Middle Eastern culture first hand.
Faculty members and guest speakers offer a wide array of knowledge concerning the Middle East and help
make and enriching experience for all those attending.
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Program: National Archives Primarily Teaching
Where: Washington DC, and other sites
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: $100 registration fee, plus food, housing, and travel; stipend upon completion
Who qualifies: upper elementary, secondary, and college
Deadline: 6 weeks before workshop (approx. May)
Description: This workshop provides a varied program of lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents,
independent research, and group work that introduces teachers to the holdings and organization of the National
Archives. Participants will learn how to research historical records, create classroom materials based on the
records, and present documents in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, government,
and the other humanities. Each participant will search the holdings of the National Archives for documents
suitable for classroom use and develop strategies for using these documents in the classroom, or design
professional development activities to help classroom teachers use primary source documents effectively.
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Program: National Consortium for Teaching about Asia
Where: at locations around the country and online
Length of program: varies
Cost: free (receive stipend and resources, and money to buy resources for your school)
Who qualifies: K-12 teachers (primarily teachers of world history, geography, social studies, language arts)
Deadline: varies
Description: Participants interact with East Asia specialists, receive extensive readings and other materials,
and discuss effective strategies for bringing East Asia into their classrooms. Each seminar leader or team
facilitates a seminar on East Asia that incorporates primary-source selections from the Chinese, J apanese, and
Korean traditions. NCTA seeks to develop a community of inquiry among educators interested in East Asian
studies that serves as a forum for collegial discussion of issues relevant to the teaching of East Asia. Study tours
are available to alumni of NCTA programs.
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Program: National Endowment of the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops
Where: United States
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: free (stipend of $1,200 to cover living expenses, books, and travel expenses to and from the Workshop
Who qualifies: K-12 educators, administrators, substitute teachers, classroom professionals; separate programs
for community college professors
Deadline: March
Description: Each year NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops provide the opportunity
for K-12 educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and
culture. These one-week programs will give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant
historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence. Landmarks Workshops present
the best scholarship on a specific landmark or related cluster of landmarks, enabling participants to gain a sense
of the importance of historical places, to make connections between what they learn in the Workshop and what
they teach, and to develop enhanced teaching or research materials.
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Program: National Endowment for the Humanities Seminars and Institutes for School and College Educators
Where: at locations around the US and international
Length of program: 2-6 weeks
Cost: Free (stipends to cover travel costs, books, research expenses, living expenses: $2,100 – 2 weeks, $3,300
– 4 weeks, $3,900 – 5 weeks, $4,500 – 6 weeks)
Who qualifies: Full time teachers in American K-12 schools; librarians and school administrators may also be
eligible; separate programs for college and university professors
Deadline: March
Description: Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a
variety of humanities topics in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes. An NEH Summer Seminar for school
teachers enables sixteen participants to explore a topic or set of readings with an expert scholar. The core
material of the seminar need not relate directly to the school curriculum; the principal goal of the seminar is to
engage teachers in the scholarly enterprise and to expand and deepen their understanding of the humanities
through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection.
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Program: National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program
Where: Aboard a ship to Norway and Arctic Svalbard
Length of program: 11 days/9 nights, including travel time and pre-/post-trip stays on shore
Cost: Free. Program pays all room and board, all transfers, round trip airfare between your home airport and
the ship, and substitute teacher costs for the days of the pre-voyage workshop if requested.
Who qualifies: K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Puerto
Deadline: Applications available in November, check website for deadline
Description: Selected educators will travel aboard the ship National Geographic Explorer in J une or J uly to
Norway and Arctic Svalbard. While aboard, Fellows will share the importance of geo-literacy with fellow
travelers, develop activities to bring back to their classrooms, and have an adventure of a lifetime in the “land of
the ice bears.” Prior to the expedition, all Grosvenor Teacher Fellows will travel free to Washington, D.C. to
participate in a workshop sponsored by Google, National Geographic, and Lindblad Expeditions.
Through this program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geo-literacy and are given a
professional development opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic
awareness and ocean stewardship to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based
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Program: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Where: Various destinations depending on ship assignment
Length of program: Participants can expect to be at sea anywhere from one week to one month, with the
average cruise lasting 12-14 days. Most of our participants try to sail on cruises offered during the summer
vacation, but cruises take place throughout most of the year on a space-available basis.
Cost: All necessary travel costs associated with teacher participation in the program are covered by the
program, including transportation to and from the ship, lodging, and per diem allowance. While airfare is paid
for up front by the government, all other costs are reimbursed, including non-airfare transportation costs,
lodging, and per diem allowance
Who qualifies: K-12 currently employed full time teacher or administrator. Must be employed in the same or
similar capacity during the next school year. Also community college, college or university teachers; museum
or aquarium educators and adult education teachers.
Deadline: Call for applications for the begin October 1 and the deadline is October 31.
Description: The mission of the Teacher at Sea (TAS) program is to give teachers a clearer insight into our
ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase their level of environmental
literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience. The program provides a unique environment for
learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college-level teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and
survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. Then, armed with new understanding and
experience, teachers bring this knowledge back to their classrooms.
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Program: National World War I Museum Teacher Fellowship
Where: Kansas City, Missouri
Length of program: 4 days in J une or J uly (TBA)
Cost: Free: Stipend provided for transportation expenses to and from Kansas City, hotel stay and daytime
meals, private access to the National World War I Museum, books and other supplies, PD hours and ongoing
support from Museum staff throughout the Fellowship year
Who qualifies: Full-time secondary (7-12) teachers of any relevant subject matter including but not limited to
history, math, literature, science, government, music and social studies. Public, private, charter, independent
and religious-affiliated schools will receive equal consideration.
Deadline: (application available November or December
Description: The National World War I Museum Teacher Fellowship Program will provide participants with
unique and exciting opportunities to grow within their profession while creating materials and engaging in
collaboration with similarly qualified and ambitious teachers from around the United States.
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Program: Pacific Historic Parks
Where: Tokai University, Honolulu; WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument (VALR), Pearl Harbor;
and various WWII historic sites on O‘ahu.
Length of program: 5 days
Cost: Free
Who qualifies: Free and open to all High School public and private school teachers in Hawai‘i, with travel
support and accommodations provided for neighbor island teachers. Meals, including breakfast, lunch, a dinner
reception, parking and historic site tours provided free to all participants.
Deadline: TBA – Check website
Description: This five-day institute will enable teachers—via hands on curriculum based activities, oral
histories, panel presentations, historic photograph collections, historic site tours, and project based
presentations—to explore how WWII transformed America, Hawai’i, and the Pacific. Participants eligible to
earn “Highly Qualified” credit with the Hawaii Department of Education.
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Program: Québec Dimensions: Historical, Geographic and Cultural Explorations
Where: Québec, Canada
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: $649 (includes all transportation for program-related activities during the Institute, lecturer fees,
admissions to educational sties, curriculum materials, hotels and some meals). Participants are responsible for
transportation to/from Montréal.
Who qualifies: K-12 social studies, geography, history and French teachers
Deadline: May
Description: This summer institute for teachers of social studies, geography, history and French will provide
participants with a comprehensive overview of the six elements of geography, historical foundations, and
contemporary cultural insights through first-hand experience in the province of Québec.
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Program: Study Canada Summer Institute
Where: Ottawa and Montréal
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: $600 +travel to Ottawa (scholarships available) (includes all course fees, classroom instruction,
accommodation, 2 dinners, resource materials and RT Ottawa-Montréal transportation)
Who qualifies: K-12 teachers
Deadline: May
Description: Learn about Canada, its capital, and the distinct cultures that have formed the second largest
nation in the world — all within comfortable and unique classroom settings with presentations by university
faculty (WWU, UW, U Ottawa, UQAM), government officials and tribal leaders.
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Program: Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers
Where: Washington DC
Length of program: 1 week
Cost: Participants must pay for travel and hotel accommodations (discounted), $150 registration fee and
several meals. Participants who conduct trainings for other teachers after completing the Institute are eligible to
receive a stipend of $200.
Who qualifies: Applicants must teach or supervise secondary social studies or law-related education
Deadline: TBA – check website
Description: Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers is six days of educational activities related to
teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court. The Institute includes sessions led by Supreme Court experts,
journalists, authors, and attorneys, who give teachers an in-depth understanding of how the Court chooses and
decides cases, and what it is like to argue before the Court. The Institute covers six current or recent cases. This
exciting opportunity culminates with a visit to the Court to hear decisions handed down and a private reception
at the Court. The Institute prepares teachers to use innovative teaching methods with current and past cases.
Beyond the content-rich sessions and activities, teachers are also equipped with the skills and tools to train
fellow teachers at home. Upon completion of the Institute, each participant receives a certificate verifying 35
contact hours.
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Program: TEACH (Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony) Fellowship
Where: Arab countries
Length of program: 10 days
Cost: free (includes International Round trip Airfare, site visits, airfare between countries, most meals, hotel,
receptions, ground transportation, visas)
Who qualifies: middle school and high school educators and administrators
Deadline: TBA – check website
Description: The TEACH Fellowship is a cross-cultural exchange program between educators from the United
States and the Arab world. The educators compare best practices, teaching methodology, and classroom
experiences with each other.
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Program: Teaching about the Holocaust
Where: regional and at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC
Length of program: varies
Cost: free
Who qualifies: middle- and high school teachers
Deadline: varies
Description: Take the time to deepen your understanding of Holocaust history and enrich your teaching skills.
In addition to an online workshop, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum offers workshops and
conferences onsite at the Museum and in your state.
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Program: Teaching American History Free Summer Institutes
Where: Ohio (Ashland University)
Length of program: 6 days
Cost: free (includes meals and housing, $500 stipend for attending)
Who qualifies: K-12 classroom teachers (priority to TAH schools)
Deadline: March
Description: The Ashbrook Center is offering 23 summer institutes that will assist teachers in deepening and
broadening both their understanding and appreciation of American history. The focus of the institutes will be
the substantive study of American history. The discussions will revolve around original historical documents
and their use in the classroom.
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Program: Toyota International Teacher Program
Where: International
Length of program: 2 weeks
Cost: free
Who qualifies: US Citizens; 7-12 teachers (or 6th grade teachers in a J rHS or Middle School)
Deadline: **program temporarily on hold for development of programs with STEM focus – keep an eye on
this for future programs**
Description: The Toyota International Teacher Program is an international professional-development
opportunity for U.S. secondary school teachers focusing on environmental stewardship and global
connectedness. Selected teachers travel on a short-term (2-3 week) study tour to a country that is at the forefront
of innovative solutions to environmental challenges. The teachers explore environmental issues through hands-
on activities and incorporate what they learn into interdisciplinary and solution-focused lesson plans to share
with their students and communities in the U.S.
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Program: Turkish Cultural Foundation Teacher Study Tours
Where: Turkey
Length of program: 2 weeks
Cost: free
Who qualifies: middle- and high school teachers
Deadline: (application through participating WACA – World Affairs Councils of America chapters)
Description: Through this program, teachers enhance their classroom curriculum while exploring Turkey.
Upon their return, the teachers integrate their gained knowledge into their curricula and share their experiences
with their local communities through TCF-funded cultural programs on Turkey, organized by local World
Affairs Councils.
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Some other opportunities:

Get on the list-serv for opportunities about the Middle East. Contact Lisa Adeli at

Get on the list-serv for opportunities about Asia. Contact J essica Oppenheim at J

List of grants available to teachers

Program: The J ames Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
Who qualifies: U.S. citizens who demonstrate a commitment to civic responsibilities and to professional and
collegial activities and who qualify for admission with graduate standing at an accredited U.S. university that
offers a qualifying master's degree program are eligible to apply. Applicants must be committed to teaching
American history, American government, and/or social studies full time in grades 7–12.
What is it: The J ames Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 J ames Madison Graduate
Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the
secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their
legal residence. Generally, one Fellowship per state is awarded each year.
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Program: Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources
Who qualifies: The Library of Congress awards grants under the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS)
Regional program to school districts, universities, cultural institutions, library systems and other educational
organizations who wish to incorporate TPS materials and methods into their existing education and professional
development programs for pre and in-service teachers, librarians, media specialists and other K-12 educators.
What is it: The TPS Regional program provides assistance and grants of up to $20,000 through its regional
coordinators in the East, Midwest and West. The program promotes the widespread, sustained and effective use
of primary sources from the Library of Congress within the educational community by increasing access to the
TPS program for teachers who are not served by members of the TPS Educational Consortium.
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Program: National Park Traveling Trunks
What is it: Bring the park to your classroom. Contact the National Park sites below to borrow and/or purchase
traveling trunks and kits for classroom use. Some kits and trunks may be available for limited time periods and
within limited regions. For best results, contact the park with any questions you have.
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Program: Teaching Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center)
What is it: A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care
about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.
Teaching Tolerance's educational kits and subscriptions to its magazine are FREE to classroom teachers,
librarians, school counselors, school administrators, professors of education, youth directors at houses of
worship and employees of youth-serving nonprofit organizations.
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